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Venstar Inc.: Supply-Air Sensor Monitoring Thermostat

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When used with the ACC-DSEN supply air sensor, the unit enables contractors to troubleshoot their ColorTouch® thermostat clients’ HVAC units from virtually anywhere via the Internet. 


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Contractor Tips for Installing, Troubleshooting Thermostats

Seasoned Contractors and Technicians Share Experience, Advice
By Jen Anesi
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With so many options, how do you help your customers select the best thermostats for their lifestyles, and what do you do if that thermostat isn’t working the way it’s supposed to? 


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High-End Thermostats, Controls Gain Traction

New Products Feature Bells, Whistles, and Energy Savings
By Jen Anesi
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Despite recent advances in technology, industry leaders agree that only time will tell what features and services might become standard on future generations of high-end thermostats and controls.


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Industry Backs Mercury Recycling Efforts

Programs Encourage Distributors, Contractors to Collect Mercury-Containing Thermostats
By Jen Anesi
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While having mercury thermostats in homes and buildings across the U.S. is not necessarily a bad thing, controlling what happens to those thermostats after they’ve been pulled off the wall is vital in keeping the powerful neurotoxin out of the environment. 


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Sept. 20, 2013: Schneider Electric Adopts AutoGrid for its Home Management System

System Will Give Homeowners a Closer Connection to Their Energy Information
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Schneider Electric, a leader in energy management, and AutoGrid Systems, a leader in big data analytics for the electricity and energy industry, have announced a partnership to bring demand response and big data analytics services to utilities, service providers, and consumers in North America.


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Sept. 18, 2013: Honeywell Announces API Program with Home Automation Developers

Development Partners Will Provide Wider Range of Options for Homeowners
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Honeywell has announced an application programming interface (API) program that enables development partners to build application software that interfaces with numerous Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats including the color-customizable Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.


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Honeywell: Energy-Consumption Control Thermostat

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Wi-Fi-enabled, the Total Connect Comfort with ADR thermostat for the home connects with a suite of utility technology and services to manage energy consumption. 


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Offering Homeowners Choice and Control

Intelligent HVAC Contractors Considering Smart Technology
By Cherie Preville
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Home automation is growing exponentially, and if your house does not feature some form of automation, it’s likely that a family member’s friend’s, or neighbor’s does. 


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Leading Lessons for Aspiring Home Automation Contractors

Industry Partnerships, Marketing, and Training Necessary for Success
By Cherie Preville
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In today’s competitive marketplace, many heating and cooling contracting businesses are performing work outside of the typical HVAC umbrella. 


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Control Your Castle: The Latest in HVAC Home Automation

High-Tech Devices to Help Grow your Home Automation Operation
By Cherie Preville
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Every homeowner’s house is his or her castle, and each homeowner elects just how to control his or her indoor environment. 


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